SJC Denies Michelle Carter's Motion for Stay of Sentence

Woman involved in texting suicide case finds out start date for her sentence

According to Xinhua News Agency, local (US) media reported Monday that Michelle Carter, 22, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 15 months in prison in 2017.

Last week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court upheld her conviction, saying that her actions caused the death of Conrad Roy III.

Carter's lawyer argued she should remain out of jail while they appeal her case to the US Supreme Court.

But a judge ruled Monday that she should start her sentence. They said in an emergency motion filed Monday that her sentence should be further delayed.

The 22-year-old was taken into custody on Monday after a top court last week upheld her manslaughter conviction in the 18-year-old's death.

Carter was convicted in 2017 for her role in Conrad Roy III's 2014 death.

Becky Maki, Mr Roy's aunt, expressed relief at the verdict saying his family believed justice had been served even though the case had been a long and hard ordeal for them.

"We hope that no one else ever has to feel this pain", Becky Maki said.

Carter's attorney said earlier this month that the ruling upholding the conviction was based on a narrative the evidence did not support.

"This case, legally, is not over", defense lawyer Joseph Cataldo told the judge.

Prosecutors argued that Carter listened over the phone as Roy suffocated from carbon monoxide inhalation in his pickup truck and failed to notify his parents or authorities when he died.

Her case garnered worldwide attention and provided a disturbing look at teenage depression and suicide.

Carter and Roy both lived in MA but met in Florida in 2012 while both were on vacation with their families. Their relationship consisted mainly of texting and other electronic communications.

Last week, the judge said Carter, now 22, had a duty to call the police or Roy's family when she knew the 18-year-old meant to kill himself.

As Mr Roy made excuses to put off his plans, her texts became more insistent. You said you were gonna do it.

The judge said Carter had a duty to call the police or Mr Roy's family, but instead listened on the phone as he died. She was allowed to remain free while she appealed her conviction.

Carter will serve 15 months in jail, and the rest of her sentence will be suspended.

Her lawyers say she isn't responsible for Roy's suicide.

But in court documents, Carter admitted Roy's death was her fault, and that she "could have stopped him".

"The Roy family is glad to have this aspect of the case over", the family's attorney, Eric S. Goldman, said in a statement. "48 Hours" covered the case in the episode, "Death by Text".

"Today's decision stretches the law to assign blame for a tragedy that was not a crime".

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